The Best 2021 Historical Fiction Releases

Hello, 2021! I would say it's good to see you, but I don't want to jinx anything. Cause at this point, whenever you think that things can't get any worse, life finds a way to prove you wrong. Anyway, let's talk about books, one of the few good things we still have left in our lives. This year I want to go back to reading historical fiction, one of my favourite genres, and it feels like we're spoiled with choices. Here are the 2021 releases that caught my attention. 

Four Winds Kristin Hannah

"The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of the most beloved historical fiction writers, and there's always lots of buzz regarding her releases. This book is set during the Great Depression, and our main character must decide between chasing the American Dream or fighting for the land she loves. I don't think that many books tackled the Great Depression, so it sounds like a compelling novel. 

 "The Rose Code" by Kate Quin

When I read the synopsis I immediately thought of "The Imitation Game", although I`m not sure how similar they are, besides breaking the German codes sent during World War II. We have a group of three friends, all eager to prove themselves in a world dominated by men. As time goes by, their friendship is fractured, but they are brought together by a common enemy.

Wild Women and The Blues

 "Wild Women and the Blues" by Denny S. Bryce

This book is described as "Chicago" meets "Ordinary People", and that sounds pretty cool if you ask me. In 1925 Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and one of the dancers working there will do anything to prove herself. I am all for ambitious women, and I hope that we'll find a fascinating protagonist. 

The Dressmaker of Paris

 "The Dressmaker of Paris" by Georgia Kaufman

The Goodreads rating is making me have second thoughts, but I am also a sucker for stories about fashion designers. Although I don`t like her as a person, I`ve always found Coco Channel`s story fascinating, for instance. Here, we follow Rosa, a poor country girl that flees the Nazi occupation and eventually travels all over the world, until she finds success in New York.

The Ladies of The Secret Circus

 "The Ladies of the Secret Circus" by Constance Sayers

Magic and historical fiction you say? Count me in. We follow two separate stories, one set in Paris in 1925, and the other set in Virginia, 2005. Although they live decades apart, our heroines are united by the burden of a family curse. It seems to be a story that focuses on family but also has some magical elements entwined. 

The Shape of Darkness

 "The Shape of Darkness" by Laura Purcell

Another historical fiction with some fantastic elements. And a murder mystery, to make things even more interesting. In Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business, and everything goes south when her clients start dying. So she asks for help from a child medium, but quickly realise that they might have unleashed an unexpected evil into the world.

The Secret Stealers

 "The Secret Stealers" by Jane Healey

Female American spies in Nazi-occupied France are guaranteed to make you feel empowered. I haven`t read many espionage novels, but it seems to be a very popular sub-genre. I have recently started watching "The Man in the High-Castle" and I`m very drawn to stories about Resistance movements.

Hour of the Witch

 "Hour of the Witch" by Chris Bohjalian

In a Puritan community set in the New World, Mary is desperate to escape her abusive husband. She hates the hypocrisy of those around her, and the illusion of her saint lives. But it`s not easy to get out, and she must craft the perfect plan in order to avoid the gallows. The American Witch Hunt is such a brutal period of time, and I am so intrigued to see whether or not Mary will be able to survive.

The Last Bookshop in London

 "The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II" by Madeline Martin

I won`t go into too many details about the plot, just admit that I`ve picked this novel because it had the word bookshop in the title. Does it sound silly? Probably, but I`m sure I will enjoy this book nonetheless.

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What are some of your 2021 most exciting releases?


  1. The Rose Code and The Four Winds are two I'm looking forward to!

  2. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I’ll probably read The Four Winds eventually. I expect that book will be everywhere this year.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!